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Minor League Recap: Games of June 6, 2014

Your daily look at the previous night's Minor League happenings.

Nolan Fontana
Nolan Fontana
Bob Levey

AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks: 6-2 loss to Omaha (KCR)

-> Enrique Hernandez: 2-for-4, solo HR
-> Carlos Perez: 1-for-3, solo HR
-> Gregorio Petit: 1-for-3
-> Austin Wates: 1-for-4
-> Ronald Torreyes: 0-for-2, BB
-> L.J. Hoes: 0-for-3, BB

SP David Martinez: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Alex White: 1.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K (blown save)
RP Jason Stoffel: 1.0 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K

OKC has managed just 2.7 runs per game over their last three; they may be feeling the impact of losing Singleton a bit.

Hoes is hitting a mere .156/.222/.156 in nine games after being demoted. White has given up three runs in his last two innings, though the no walks and a pair of strikeouts tonight were nice.

That was Perez's first homer since April. He's hitting a solid .273/.333/.455 over his last ten games

AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 2-0 win over Midland (OAK)

-> Nolan Fontana: 1-for-4, 2B, R
-> Jonathan Meyer: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Carlos Perdomo: 1-for-4, RBI
-> Preston Tucker: 1-for-4
-> Leo Heras: 0-for-2, BB
-> Delino DeShields: 0-for-3, BB, R
-> Tyler Heineman: 0-for-2, SB

SP Jordan Jankowski: 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K (win)
RP Patrick Urckfitz: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (save)

DeShields was caught stealing in this game, but Heineman swiped a bag. Seems legit.

Fontana has fallen off just a bit recently, hitting only .250 in his last ten games, but the walks have remained and kept that OBP up at a very nice level (.455). He finished May hitting .325/.505/.438 for the month, by the way. With two full months of stats now, I'll go ahead and point out his splits; .211/.354/.289 against LHP, and .299/.446/.435 against RHP (he's a LH hitter).

While not as incredible as Shirley, Jankowski is having a breakout year of his own. He's allowed 12 ER in his last ten games (37 innings), for a 2.92 ERA. On the season, he owns a 3.21 ERA, 2.36 B/9 and 9.64 K/9. Don't forget to give him your attention, too.

Tucker has reached base via hit or walk in eight of his last ten games, and is hitting .297/.395/.595 over that stretch, largely thanks to that big four-hit game with two bombs back on the last day of May.

Good ole' Urckfitz has been pretty much the best reliever on CC's staff; he owns a 1.57 ERA, 1.96 BB/9 and 7.44 K/9 on the season.

A+ Lancaster JetHawks: 8-5 win over Visalia (ARZ)

-> Rio Ruiz: 1-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB
-> Conrad Gregor: 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R
-> Ruben Sosa: 1-for-3, SB, RBI, R
-> Jobduan Morales: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI
-> Teoscar Hernandez: 1-for-5, 2 RBI
-> Anthony Kemp: 0-for-2, RBI, 3 BB
-> Danry Vasquez: 0-for-3, BB, RBI, R
-> Carlos Correa: 0-for-5, R
-> Jack Mayfield: 1-for-1, R (pinch-hitter)

SP Zach Morton: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K
RP Matthew Heidenreich: 3.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K (win)
RP Daniel Minor: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (save)

The JetHawks are 13-1 over their last 14 games. Dang.

Kind of like the MLB team, tonight there weren't a bunch of guys with multi-hit games throughout the lineup, but their hits came in timely places. Situational hitting is a big deal.

Ruiz is blazing away right now. He's hitting .405/.522/.568 over his last ten games, with four XBH and nine walks. On the year, he has 38 walks and 42 strikeouts in 59 games. Much like last season, where he saw steady progression month to month, after a solid April (.294/.354/.402), he improved in May, hitting .290/.412/.439, tripling his number of homers and striking out just 12 times all month, compared to 26 in April.

The California League sure can mask some things. You'd look at Hernandez and say "hey, a hit and a couple of RBI, nice night." Then you'd see the four strikeouts. Much as I like him, the strikeouts are really getting up there now; 77 in 55 games, and a 29.4% rate. It's not Telvin Nash-bad, but man.

Kemp is also back to his hot-hitting ways recently; he's hitting .302 during his last ten games, whith a big OBP thanks to eight walks during that stretch. He continues to have more walks (37) than strikeouts (29) for the year.

Gregor has certainly found the friendly hitting enviornment in California to his liking; he's hit .429/.512/.657 with two homers and two doubles during his first ten games post-promotion.

A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 4-0 win over Burlington (LAA)

-> Brett Phillips: 2-for-3, BB, 3B, SB, 2 R
-> Tyler White: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Austin Elkins: 1-for-3, SB, RBI, R
-> Thomas Lindauer: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
-> James Ramsay: 1-for-4, 2 SB
-> Brian Holberton: 1-for-5, R
-> Chase McDonald: 0-for-3, 2 BB
-> Tanner Mathis: 0-for-3, BB, RBI

SP Edison Frias: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K (win)
RP Evan Grills: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 Bb, 3 K (hold)
RP Frederick Tiburcio: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Phillips hit .301 with an .840 OPS in April, .308 with an .853 OPS in May, and he's hitting .316 with an .824 OPS so far in June. He has to be neck-in-neck with Shirley for the most improved player so far. He's struck out just 42 times in 56 games on the season, and his eight triples are the second best total in the league.

Ramsay is now 16-for-19 (84.2%) on the season, and has 30 walks and just 40 strikeouts in 54 games.

Holberton is coming back to earth; this was just his first hit since May 30. His strikeout rate remains very impressive; just 10.6%.

DSL Astros Blue: 5-6 loss to DSL Rays

-> Hayden Timberlake: 2-for-3, BB
-> Jonathan Matute: 2-for-4, 2B
-> Edgar Lorenzo: 2-for-5, 2B, R
-> Wander Franco: 1-for-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 RBI
-> Nestor Tejada: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 R
-> Connor MacDonald: 1-for-4, BB, RBI, R
-> Juan Fuentes: 1-for-4
-> Joan Mauricio: 1-for-5, 2B, RBI
-> Marcos Almonte: 0-for-0, SB (pinch-runner)

SP Albert Abreu: 4.0 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K (loss)
RP Carlos Hiraldo: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K
RP Josue Uribe: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K
RP Jose Rosario: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

DSL Astros Orange: 10-12 loss to DSL Yankees2

-> Osvaldo Duarte: 2-for-5, RBI, R, 2 2B
-> Cristopher Luciano: 2-for-5, RBI, R, 2 2B
-> Gabriel Bracamonte: 1-for-1, RBI, R
-> Ihan Bernal: 1-for-3, RBI, R
-> Vicente Sanchez: 1-for-4, BB, 2B, R
-> Rodrigo Ayarza: 1-for-4, 2 BB
-> Andy Pineda: 1-for-4, BB
-> Frankeny Fernandez: 1-for-5, BB, RBI, 2 R
-> Bryan De La Cruz: 0-for-0, 2 R, 4 BB
-> Wilson Amador: 0-for-4, RBI, R

SP Starlyng Sanchez: 4.1 IP, 4 R (2 ER), 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K
RP Juan Hernandez: 2.1 IP, 4 R (0 ER), 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K
RP Jose Ramos: 0.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K
RP Cristhopher Santamaria: 0.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (hold)
RP Starlyn Taveras: 0.2 IP, 4 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K (blown save, loss)
RP Hansel Paulino: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 0 K
RP Bryan Abreu: 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Tomorrow's Scheduled Starters

AAA: Michael Foltynewicz vs. Sugar Ray Marimon
AA: Kyle Smith vs. TBD
A+: Kyle Westwood vs. Spencer Arroyo
A-: Kevin Comer vs. Blake McKnight